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Need help finding the perfect Christmas gift for the homesteader in your life? Then this is just the place you need to be. I’ll share the top 10 gift ideas for the homesteader in your life as chosen by The Farmer’s Lamp community.
In a recent poll of The Farmer’s Lamp community, we asked our Facebook fans and newsletter family to vote on which gifts they would most like to receive. The gift list below is in the order you chose. I’ve included some photos, ideas and links for you. You can also take a look at our affiliate links in our “Shop” tab. So let’s take a look at your top 10 gift ideas for the homesteader.
1 ) Tools – for the garden
This includes hoes, hand shovels, shears, shovels, rakes and other hand tools.
2) Homesteading books
We’re never in the position to know everything about homesteading. One of the most exciting things about a self-sustaining life is there is always something to learn, to improve upon, and to try. There is no way to include every book written on the subject so I picked a few of my favorites for you.
3) Farm boots
Of course the kind of boots you choose always depends on your environment and the chore you’re working on. You may need a steel toed boot when cutting trees or working with heavy equipment. You may prefer your cowboy boots (my personal preference). If it’s wet or if you’re mucking out stalls, rubber boots are perfect for the job. Some people prefer lace ups to slip ons. Who knew there could be so many choices in footwear for the homesteader.
4) Non-electric kitchen appliances
This one is at the top of my wish list. In a culture that is dependent on an antiquated electrical grid, I believe it’s important to have nonelectric tools to perform essential tasks. I use many non-electric kitchen tools every day, but I also have some electric favorites. It’s a good idea to take an inventory of the tools you use regularly and come up with non-electric replacements whether you use them every day or not.
5) Oil lamps
I’m not a collector of things. Not because I don’t like what-nots and decorative items, but because I hate to dust! I have very few items that are strictly decorative for this very reason.
One of the things you could say I “collect” is oil lamps. Besides cast-iron, these are the first thing I look for at antique stores, flea markets and estate sales. Obviously they lend a country look to your home. If you live rural like we do, losing electricity is something you deal with frequently. Having your oil lamps trimmed and ready you’re never without lights.
6) Old fashioned cookbooks
You will find many treasures in old-fashioned cookbooks. A truly old-fashioned cookbook is more than just a title. The ingredients for cooking, skills, the kitchen tips, all of these should be based on traditional cooking methods.
One of the things I like about estate sales is the cookbooks. It’s not just about the recipes and tips. The notes recorded in the handwriting of another cook preparing meals for their family opens the imagination to wondering about the life of the person who handled the book and felt inspired to make notes in its pages.
7) Hand cranked grain mill
This ones actually on my wish list. In 2016, one of our goals is to purchase a grain meal and grind our own flour and cornmeal. There are many on the market from electric to non-electric. I personally would choose a non-electric, but that’s just me.
8) Seed planter
We purchased a seven years ago. It has been a great time, energy, and back saving tool. We also purchased a hand broadcaster for planting cover crops and grains. I really recommend these tools for the homestead gardener.
9) Butter making equipment and supplies
Your first thought may be, “I don’t have a cow.” Well, you may have access to a local farmer who will sell you whole milk. You can also churn your own butter up buying heavy cream.
These gift ideas for the homesteader are your top 10 choices. I’m also happy to share the bottom five ranked. Some of these were really close, but when the votes were in these five received the fewest votes.
11) Hand Crank Coffee Grinder – I feel is a necessity (could be considered a kitchen appliance)
12) Non-electric water filtration system
13) Animals – chickens, cow, goat….
14) Wooden spoon sets – I couldn’t run my kitchen without them
15) Cheese making equipment and supplies
I do hope you find the perfect gift idea for the homesteader in your life. If you see a gift you would like to have, share this article with your Santa. Please feel free to share this post with family and friends.
I’m not implying these are the only sources or the only ideas for each category. I’m only hoping to inspire you and get those ideas flowing! After all, selecting the perfect gift for that special person is the best part of gift giving.
Remember you can always contact me for questions, ideas, or suggestions. I always enjoy hearing from you. Do you have a gift idea you don’t see listed here? Share it with us.
Safe and Happy Journey,
Rhonda and The Pack